Escalante

1983 NL. Discovered 1983 July 10 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Jaime Escalante, a mathematics teacher who has inspired thousands of underprivileged high school students to use academic accomplishment to rise above the harsh realities of the inner city. In 1982, his work at Garfield High School in Los Angeles attracted national attention when fourteen of his students passed the mathematics Advanced Placement exam, were accused of cheating, were retested, and passed again. Escalante, an immigrant from Bolivia, had been acclaimed as a teacher in his native country, but in the U.S. he was required to repeat college to obtain teaching credentials. (M 22830)

Citation by S. Ostro, who assisted the making of the movie Stand and Deliver, which dramatized the story of Escalante's calculus students at Garfield.

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